NEW YORK (CNS) – The following are capsule reviews of new and recent DVD and Blu-ray releases from Catholic News Service. Theatrical movies have a Catholic News Service classification and Motion Picture Association of America rating. These classifications refer only to the theatrical version of the films below, and do not take into account the discs’ extra content.
This thrilling lost-in-space adventure – directed by Alfonso Cuaron, who co-wrote the screenplay with his son Jonas – offers up dazzling 3-D cinematography and top-notch performances. High above Earth, a Russian missile launched against a spy satellite causes a chain reaction, destroying the Space Shuttle and marooning its only surviving crewmates (Sandra Bullock and George Clooney). What ensues is “E.T.” in reverse, as our plucky humans – who were at work repairing the Hubble Space Telescope when disaster struck – search for a way to go home. Amid the mayhem, the film has another, deeper story to tell, as the nearness of death provokes reflections on mortality and the afterlife. These meditations are used as stepping stones toward a resolution that viewers of faith will find both satisfying and refreshingly pro-life. Possibly acceptable for mature adolescents. Scenes of intense peril and horror, brief gore, at least one use of profanity, a few crude expressions. Spanish language and subtitles options. The Catholic News Service classification is A-III – adults. Rated PG-13.